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Report: Bosnian Serb Arrested in Russia

August 30, 2005

MOSCOW (AP) _ A Bosnian Serb sought by the war crimes tribunal in The Hague has been arrested in Russia, the RIA-Novosti news agency quoted a Siberian official as saying.

Dragan Zelenovic was arrested in the Khanty-Mansiisk region of Siberia, the report said. He was a military police officer indicted for alleged crimes against humanity during the 1992 Bosnian Serb assault on the Bosnian town of Foca.

``We detained Dragan Zelenovic in connection with his being wanted by the international tribunal on the former Yugoslavia,″ the agency quoted Anatoly Vorotov, head of the region’s criminal investigations department, as saying.

Regional prosecutors have prepared documents needed for Zelenovic’s extradition and were planning to send them Wednesday to the office of Russia’s chief prosecutor in Moscow, the Interfax news agency quoted deputy regional prosecutor Vladimir Tylkov as saying.

Regional police officials reached by telephone by The Associated Press said they could not confirm the reports.

Rasim Ljajic, head of Serbia-Montenegro government body dealing with the tribunal in The Hague, said Belgrade is unlikely to seek Zelenovic’s extradition because he is not a citizen of Serbia-Montenegro. He did not say whether Russian authorities had informed Belgrade about Zelenovic’s arrest.

U.N. war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte said in June that another fugitive _ Serb police general Vlastimir Djordjevic, indicted for alleged atrocities in Kosovo _ was living in Russia.

The news report quoted Vorotov as saying that Zelenovic had lived in Khanty-Mansiisk, 1,200 miles east of Moscow for several years under an assumed name and had worked in the construction industry.

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